The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-11-20T04:08:21Z Truckline to focus on facilities investment 2018-11-20T04:08:21Z truckline-to-focus-on-facilities-investment Hi There , Rimini Street Expands Investment and Operations in Asia-Pacific 2018-11-16T00:48:31Z rimini-street-expands-investment-and-operations-in-asia-pacific AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, November 16, 2018 – Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products, today announced that it has expanded its operations in the Asia-Pacific region with the launch of its new subsidiary, Rimini Street New Zealand Limited, and the opening of its new office in Auckland to address the growing demand for Rimini Street’s premium, ultra-responsive support services in New Zealand. Rimini Street’s expansion was announced at a gala event held at The Northern Club in Auckland, where clients, local IT leaders and the special guest of honor, Ambassador Scott P. Brown, the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, were hosted by Rimini Street’s general manager for Asia-Pacific, Andrew Powell, and Rimini Street corporate senior executives. Growing demand for IT optimisation and a business-driven IT roadmap Rimini Street launched its new subsidiary in response to the region’s increasing desire for software support solutions that can help optimise their IT spend and enable them to liberate significant funding for their business transformation initiatives. Rimini Street already supports nearly 50 clients with operations in New Zealand, including local brands James Pascoe, Spark, 2Degrees Mobile, Refining New Zealand and The University of Auckland. By switching to Rimini Street support from the vendor’s support, organisations have saved up to 90 percent of the total cost of maintenance of their SAP and Oracle software assets and are able to run their current ERP releases with no forced upgrades for a minimum of 15 years from the date they switched support. Rimini Street clients also benefit from the Company’s flexible, premium-level enterprise software support model, including its industry-leading Service Level Agreement (SLA) of 15-minute response times for critical Priority 1 cases. In addition, each client is assigned a Primary Support Engineer (PSE) with an average of 15 years’ experience in their particular enterprise software system, backed by a broader team of technical experts. By switching their support to Rimini Street, organisations are able to take back control of their IT roadmaps with a ”business-driven roadmap” strategy that provides much more flexibility and value compared to the vendor roadmap, allowing CIOs to focus on creating value and providing competitive advantage for growth. “Organisations in New Zealand, both public and private, spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year on their annual enterprise software support and maintenance, yet see little return from this significant spend,” said Andrew Powell, general manager, Asia-Pacific, Rimini Street. “Our conversations with CIOs are squarely focused on how we can help them dramatically lower the total cost of ownership of their stable, mature enterprise systems as part of a hybrid computing model and business-driven roadmap, and as a result, we are experiencing increased demand in the region. With Rimini Street, organisations have the option to break free from the seemingly never-ending upgrade cycle dictated by the vendor’s roadmap – an expensive and disruptive path for companies to undertake just to stay fully supported. With our new operation in Auckland, we are better able to engage with and support organisations in New Zealand who want to significantly cut their software support spend and take back control of their IT roadmaps.” Region at risk of “falling behind” on innovation Recent research from Vanson Bourne, commissioned by Rimini Street, found that enterprises in the ANZ region plan to spend the second-least amount on IT innovation in the world in the next 12 months, and they plan to increase their IT innovation spend by just 6.31% in the 12 months following the survey, well below the global average of 10.94%. “New Zealand is famous for innovation, but it is at risk of falling behind the rest of the world,” continued Powell. “New Zealand CIOs know that it’s important to spend their IT budgets on more than daily operations. With budget pressures between operating costs and the need to invest in innovation, CIOs need to reassess the value of existing support arrangements and explore better software support options designed to provide a greater ROI. Rimini Street enables CIOs in New Zealand to unlock significant savings and redirect that funding into critical innovation initiatives.” To download an eBook summary of the survey, “The State of Innovation: Priorities and Challenges,” click here. About Rimini Street, Inc. Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI) is a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products. The Company has redefined enterprise software support services since 2005 with an innovative, award-winning program that enables licensees of IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP and other enterprise software vendors to save up to 90 percent on total maintenance costs. Clients can remain on their current software release without any required upgrades for a minimum of 15 years. Over 1,700 global Fortune 500, midmarket, public sector and other organizations from a broad range of industries currently rely on Rimini Street as their trusted, third-party support provider. To learn more, please visit http://www.riministreet.com/, follow @riministreet on Twitter and find Rimini Street on Facebook and LinkedIn. (C-RMNI) Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements included in this communication are not historical facts but are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as “may,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “seem,” “seek,” “continue,” “future,” “will,” “expect,” “outlook” or other similar words, phrases or expressions. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our expectations of future events, future opportunities, global expansion and other growth initiatives and our investments in such initiatives. These statements are based on various assumptions and on the current expectations of management and are not predictions of actual performance, nor are these statements of historical facts. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties regarding Rimini Street’s business, and actual results may differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, continued inclusion in the Russell 2000 Index in the future; changes in the business environment in which Rimini Street operates, including inflation and interest rates, and general financial, economic, regulatory and political conditions affecting the industry in which Rimini Street operates; adverse developments in pending litigation or in the government inquiry or any new litigation; the final amount and timing of any refunds from Oracle related to our litigation; our need and ability to raise additional equity or debt financing on favorable terms; the terms and impact of our 13.00% Series A Preferred Stock; changes in taxes, laws and regulations; competitive product and pricing activity; difficulties of managing growth profitably; the success of our recently introduced products and services, including Rimini Street Mobility, Rimini Street Analytics, Rimini Street Advanced Database Security, and services for Salesforce Sales Cloud and Service Cloud products; the loss of one or more members of Rimini Street’s management team; uncertainty as to the long-term value of Rimini Street’s equity securities; and those discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in Rimini Street’s Quarterly Report on 10-Q filed on November 8, 2018, which disclosures amend and restate the disclosures appearing under the heading “Risk Factors” in Rimini Street’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 15, 2018, and as updated from time to time by Rimini Street’s future Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, and other filings by Rimini Street with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, forward-looking statements provide Rimini Street’s expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this communication. Rimini Street anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause Rimini Street’s assessments to change. However, while Rimini Street may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, Rimini Street specifically disclaims any obligation to do so, except as required by law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Rimini Street’s assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this communication. # # # © 2018 Rimini Street, Inc. All rights reserved. “Rimini Street” is a registered trademark of Rimini Street, Inc. in the United States and other countries, and Rimini Street, the Rimini Street logo, and combinations thereof, and other marks marked by TM are trademarks of Rimini Street, Inc. All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners, and unless otherwise specified, Rimini Street claims no affiliation, endorsement, or association with any such trademark holder or other companies referenced herein. Event Alert: Truckline Caboolture 10 year anniversary 2018-11-14T05:33:57Z event-alert-truckline-caboolture-10-year-anniversary j Invictus and Fashion in the mix for The Business of Events 2018-10-17T01:11:08Z invictus-and-fashion-in-the-mix-for-the-business-of-events Invictus Games, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA), and the Australian Grand Prix will share the secrets to their success at The Business of Events to be held in Sydney next year. Professional advice about the return on investment using demonstrated business solutions, will be shared by an impressive range of successful and experienced strategy and planning experts when they come together at this in augural event. Among the high calibre speakers will be Executive Director, IMG Fashion Asia Pacific, Natalie Xenita who will reveal the strategy and role MBFWA plays, fuelling the multi-billion-dollar fashion industry. “Fashion is a powerhouse industry that drives annual retail sales of over $9 billion and employs some 77,000 people in New South Wales alone. There is much to share from our approach and I look forward to presenting our story at The Business of Events,” Ms. Xenita said. “MBFWA’s successful growth strategy has helped boost commercial significance of the fashion industry, aiding both national and local economies, and extending audience reach beyond the event. What’s more, all stakeholders enjoy a strong return on investment.” Ms. Xenita said over 23 years, MBFWA has emerged as the preeminent fashion event in Asia-Pacific – but success didn’t happen overnight. “After heavy investment by IMG to elevate the overall experience, from sponsorship activations to designer selection and global audience engagement, I’m proud to share our model of success at The Business of Events.” Conference organiser Gary Daly, Managing Director, Exhibitions & Trade Fairs, said harnessing how Australia’s biggest and best events are successfully managed by the specialists who drive business growth, from planning through to execution, will be the cornerstone of The Business of Events. “Key solutions will be on offer from the experts who sit in the hot seats of Australian’s most recognised events,” Mr Daly said. “Global attention from the business world will be on Sydney, as the Invictus Games kick off this week. This is the result of a significant amount of high-level business planning and execution. The Business of Events, will be where the Invictus Games CEO, Patrick Kidd, can share his learnings from the success of the games from a global and local perspective.” The inaugural conference, The Business of Events, will take place in Sydney on 7-8 February 2019, will host in-depth discussions around the theme, Powering Growth, exploring how to identify new business, increasing the bottom line, the future of major events and how to ensure business growth. Keynotes, plenaries and flexible break-out sessions will allow delegates to create a bespoke conference experience to maximise their investment. Speakers, strategically invited from key sectors, will provide diverse, forward-thinking insights in a unique two-day program. Alongside international keynote, Laura Schwartz, former White House Director of Events, high-calibre confirmed speakers include: Natalie Xenita, Executive Director, IMG Fashion Asia Pacific Patrick Kidd, CEO Invictus Games, Sydney 2018 Penny Lion, Executive General Manager of Events, Tourism Australia Andrew Westacott, CEO, Australian Grand Prix Terese Casu, CEO, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Helen Sawczak, National CEO, Australia China Business Council Damien Hodgkinson, Executive Director, Melbourne Comedy Festival Senior event professionals will have unparalleled access to industry leaders from which to learn about event safety and architecture, sales growth, governance, future business and professional development. Conference organiser, Gary Daly, Managing Director, Exhibitions & Trade Fairs, said speakers will share some insightful key learnings including the market potential for Australia and opportunities for Australian businesses, what we can learn from our international counterparts. He said the optimum learning platforms will offer participants invaluable opportunities to upskill and power growth. “These speakers contribute to the Australian economy through major events and operate in international markets with different policies and jurisdictions, so they know what issues you can face in the international marketplace,” Mr Daly said. The Business of Events will share how to take advantage of Australia’s position within the global marketplace, how to capitalise on an aggressive event strategy and how to power growth.” To purchase tickets, visit www.thebusinessofevents.com.au. The Business of Events will be held at Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, on 7-8 February 2019. Images: 1. Natalie Xenita, Executive Director, IMG Fashion Asia Pacific About Exhibitions and Trade Fairs Exhibitions and Trade Fairs (ETF) is a full-service event organiser with over 35 years’ experience across a diverse range of industries including renewable energy, automotive, business events, construction, oil and gas, entertainment technology, irrigation, manufacturing, travel and lifestyle. They have a long history of working collaboratively with organisations to produce innovative conferences and exhibitions to support their business objectives. They have become a trusted provider in their ability to contribute to organisations and the value of their events. They have offices in Sydney and Melbourne, however their teams are on the ground wherever the event is being planned, sold, marketed and delivered. They deliver conferences around the world. ETF’s motto is Experience, Expertise, Enthusiasm which reflects their approach to managing events and developing the relationships which underpin them. -ENDS- National Safe Work Month: Many benefits for SMEs in outsourcing drug and alcohol testing 2018-10-04T01:55:40Z national-safe-work-month-many-benefits-for-smes-in-outsourcing-drug-and-alcohol-testing Staff working under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be dangerous, not just to themselves, but their fellow workers and the organisation’s reputation. Major events, such as the forthcoming Melbourne Cup, are times when more workers test positive for drugs the next day such as MET (methamphetamine/ice), MDMA (ecstasy) and THC (marijuana). With October being National Safe Work Month, Andatech, a leading Australian supplier of drug and alcohol testing equipment and services, highlights how substance use and abuse play a significant role in work‑related injuries and fatalities. "Australian businesses are losing an estimated $6 billion annually due to substance use‑related productivity issues and 7.5% of hospital morbidity is related to alcohol consumption in the workplace," said Jaka Exstrada, Business Development Manager from Andatech. "This abuse also contributes to adverse productivity outcomes such as absenteeism, lateness, a decrease in attention span, poor coordination, difficulty in comprehension and slower reaction time." Many employers who want to carry out tests but cannot justify having an in-house drug and alcohol testing regime for random testing, post-incident and emergency testing are turning to third party testing, which is becoming more readily available. This outsourced testing is more affordable and can be customised for each organisation, tailoring the level of equipment, the frequency and the volume of drug and alcohol testing to suit their requirements. "Organisations may not realise that on-site drug testing services, either urine or oral, can be set up for as little as one person per year. In addition, they can also opt for education and awareness presentations and inductions, and policy and procedure development. "Third party testing is ideal for smaller businesses who want to comply with workplace health and safety but would prefer a professional with experience in testing to undertake the tests. "The testing service can also deal with awkward situations and it doesn’t hinder relationships between employees," he said. Testing improves employee compliance One Melbourne manufacturer that commenced testing earlier this year, has seen the incidence of positive readings halved from an average of 6% to 3%. The improvement is expected to continue as staff realise they can't get away with it. The purpose of this company's testing regime is to prevent staff from arriving at work still under the influence of drugs or alcohol as they are putting themselves and others at risk from injury or worse. To this end, various types of testing is conducted including random testing and special days testing when people are more likely to give a positive result, such as the day after Melbourne Cup Day or Australia Day. Some companies also conduct pre‑employment tests, incident tests and for‑cause tests where they suspect someone may be under the influence. For companies who want to manage their own testing regime, Andatech offers urine and oral DrugSense kits that test for nine different drug types. The company also has the widest range of Australian Standard‑certified breathalysers in Australia, including AlcoSense workplace breathalysers. However, many small enterprises are now turning to third party on-site drug and alcohol services from Andatech that uses a NATA accredited lab, certified collectors/testers and offers 24/7 on-site testing in all major cities in Australia, which is crucial when emergency and post-incident testing is required quickly. www.andatech.com.au https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/national-safe-work-month/about Ends Free resources for business: White paper: Developing a Drugs and Alcohol Policy: Avoiding Common Pitfalls when Including Drug & Breath Tests https://www.andatech.com.au/developing-drugs-alcohol-policy-whitepaper White paper: Drug Abuse in the Workplace: A hidden management crisis https://www.andatech.com.au/workplace-drug-abuse-whitepaper White paper: Human Factor: The Human-Technology Interface in Workplace Safety https://www.andatech.com.au/human-factor-workplace-safety-whitepaper Some more facts & figures: In its 2007 study, the Australian Safety and Compensation Council reported that 2.5% of the workforce attends work despite being under the influence of illicit drugs. Figures released by The Alcohol and Drug Foundation show that Australian businesses lose an estimated $6 billion annually due to substance use-related productivity issues. According to the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), most work-related accident compensation claims come from workers who are absent for 12 weeks on average. These claims have a direct and indirect cost estimated at $60 billion per year. Wheeldon through Integrity Sampling found that 300,000 workers in Australia in full-time employment, misuse drugs and alcohol at harmful levels, and that 57% of part-time and contractual staff have the same problem. 40% of the workforce population in the 35-55-year-old demographic tested positive for methamphetamine and 1 in 15 professional drivers in the State of Victoria tested positive for illicit drugs in 2016. About Andatech: Andatech is a 100% Australian owned company that designs, supplies, supports and services safety and wellness products including high quality alcohol and drug testing equipment, and air quality products. The company has the widest range of Australian Standard-certified breathalysers in Australia, which are designed for personal use, in workplaces, at hospitality venues (wall mounted) and as car interlock devices. Drug testing kits cover saliva and urine testing of 9 drug groups providing error-free results. https://www.andatech.com.au/ Media enquiries: Wendy McWilliams, WMC PR, T: 03 9803 2588 E: wendy@wmcpr.com.au To request any photos in high resolution please contact Wendy McWilliams. Captions: Andatech’s AlcoSense Prodigy S workplace breathalyser with one-touch operation delivers highly accurate readings. Andatech’s DrugSense Saliva Drug Testing Kit that tests for all the main drug groups. Andatech Sentry baton breathalyser can take 12 samples per minute. Rimini Street Obtains Australian Single Touch Payroll Certification 2018-09-19T22:22:43Z rimini-street-obtains-australian-single-touch-payroll-certification September 20, 2018 – Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products, today announced it has obtained Single Touch Payroll (STP) certification by the Australian Government’s Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for PeopleSoft Global Payroll and SAP HCM Payroll. The new certification enables Rimini Street’s Australian clients to submit their payroll data via a ‘pay event,’ either on or before pay day, to the ATO. Rimini Street’s tax, legal and regulatory division passed the complex, rigorous qualification process with the first file submission for both PeopleSoft and SAP software products, well ahead of the deadline set by the ATO. Premium Service Support for Critical Certification Process All organisations with 20 or more employees are required to report under STP to stay compliant with the Australian Taxation Legislation. The aim of STP is to streamline employer payroll information reporting to the ATO. The change requires companies to report payments such as salaries and wages, pay as you go (PAYG) withholding, and superannuation information from their payroll solution each time an organisation pays its employees, rather than at the end of each financial year. “With the Australian Taxation Office mandating new Single Touch Payroll reporting requirements, we needed to ensure that our systems were fully compliant,” said John Brizee, SAP manager at Golding Contractors. “Rimini Street provided the STP update for our SAP payroll application. The update was installed, tested, and ready-to-go well in advance of the ATO’s deadline of July 1, 2018.” Rimini Street put a comprehensive process in place eighteen months prior to the July 1, 2018 deadline to begin preparing clients for this new reporting standard. The Company achieved STP certification for PeopleSoft software products in May 2018 and for SAP related products in June 2018 by completing three main verification steps set by the ATO – an in depth security questionnaire, execution of the ATO’s conformance test suite and lastly, product verification testing. “STP is the largest change to Australian payroll in recent history,” said Paul Henville, group vice president, Global Product Delivery. “By obtaining the STP certification for our PeopleSoft and SAP clients, we can ensure their systems are supported and compliant for this monumental shift in payroll reporting. This is just one example of how Rimini Street remains diligent, proactive and on the forefront of constantly changing tax, legal and regulatory requirements; STP in particular was one of the most complex requirements we have had to undertake, which we were able to complete ahead of the original software vendors.” To review the list of vendors certified for STP, visit http://www.sbr.gov.au/products-register/sbr-product-register-full-list Industry-Leading Tax, Legal & Regulatory Research and Technology Rimini Street’s tax, legal and regulatory strategy and scoping team is made up of veteran tax specialists, attorneys and international tax, legal and regulatory professionals who use advanced technology and numerous government and private-sector sources to monitor, collect and verify tax, legal and regulatory changes. Rimini Street also participates in, and is a member of, many prominent tax, legal and regulatory associations around the world, including the American, Canadian, United Kingdom and Australian Payroll Associations, the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, the Financial Executives International Association, the Tax Council and the Tax Executives Institute. The innovative combination of technology, proven methodology and ISO 9001 quality processes consistently assures a fast “legislature-to-live”SM update delivery cycle and the highest quality deliverables in the industry. About Rimini Street, Inc. Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI) is a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products. The Company has redefined enterprise software support services since 2005 with an innovative, award-winning program that enables licensees of IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP and other enterprise software vendors to save up to 90 percent on total maintenance costs. Clients can remain on their current software release without any required upgrades for a minimum of 15 years. Over 1,620 global Fortune 500, midmarket, public sector and other organisations from a broad range of industries currently rely on Rimini Street as their trusted, third-party support provider. To learn more, please visit https://www.riministreet.com, follow @riministreet on Twitter and find Rimini Street on Facebook and LinkedIn. (C-RMNI) Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements included in this communication are not historical facts but are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as “may,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “seem,” “seek,” “continue,” “future,” “will,” “expect,” “outlook” or other similar words, phrases or expressions. These statements are based on various assumptions and on the current expectations of management and are not predictions of actual performance, nor are these statements of historical facts. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties regarding Rimini Street’s business, and actual results may differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, continued inclusion in the Russell 2000 Index in the future, changes in the business environment in which Rimini Street operates, including inflation and interest rates, and general financial, economic, regulatory and political conditions affecting the industry in which Rimini Street operates; adverse litigation developments or in the government inquiry; the final amount and timing of any refunds from Oracle related to our litigation; our ability to raise additional equity or debt financing on favorable terms; the terms and impact of our 13.00% Series A Preferred Stock; changes in taxes, laws and regulations; competitive product and pricing activity; difficulties of managing growth profitably; the success of our recently introduced products and services, including Rimini Street Mobility, Rimini Street Analytics, Rimini Street Advanced Database Security, and services for Salesforce Sales Cloud and Service Cloud products; the loss of one or more members of Rimini Street’s management team; uncertainty as to the long-term value of Rimini Street’s equity securities, including its common stock and its Preferred Stock; and those discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in Rimini Street’s Quarterly Report on 10-Q filed on August 9, 2018, which disclosures amend and restate the disclosures appearing under the heading “Risk Factors” in Rimini Street’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 15, 2018, and as updated from time to time by Rimini Street’s future Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, and other filings by Rimini Street with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, forward-looking statements provide Rimini Street’s expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this communication. Rimini Street anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause Rimini Street’s assessments to change. However, while Rimini Street may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, Rimini Street specifically disclaims any obligation to do so, except as required by law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Rimini Street’s assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this communication. # # # © 2018 Rimini Street, Inc. All rights reserved. “Rimini Street” is a registered trademark of Rimini Street, Inc. in the United States and other countries, and Rimini Street, the Rimini Street logo, and combinations thereof, and other marks marked by TM are trademarks of Rimini Street, Inc. All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners, and unless otherwise specified, Rimini Street claims no affiliation, endorsement, or association with any such trademark holder or other companies referenced herein. IFS launches SaaS-based fleet and line planning solutions for the commercial aviation industry 2018-05-01T23:28:59Z ifs-launches-saas-based-fleet-and-line-planning-solutions-for-the-commercial-aviation-industry MELBOURNE, MAY 2, 2018: IFS, the global enterprise applications company, announces today at the IFS World Conference in Atlanta the launch of IFS Maintenix™ Fleet Planner and IFS Maintenix Line Planner, two Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions designed to help commercial operators of all sizes boost the efficiency of their long-range and line maintenance planning, make the most effective use of available maintenance resources, and drive greater aircraft operational availability. The launch represents the first in a series of SaaS-based IFS Maintenix solutions geared specifically for the mission-critical maintenance and engineering needs of the global commercial aviation market. Commercial Aviation is witnessing an unprecedented growth in fleet sizes worldwide. Key to an operator’s success is delivering the best maintenance plans that align closely with operational performance objectives while adhering to critical safety requirements. IFS Maintenix Fleet Planner is designed to help generate more effective long-range plans for heavy maintenance activities and reduce the manual effort of keeping them up-to-date. It quickly and automatically generates simple or complex fleet maintenance plans, and gives users the ability to compare plans against key performance indicators, model ‘what if’ scenarios, and publish to production. These efficiency gains ensure decision-makers have the time and insight to choose the best possible plan and quickly react to schedule changes. The solution was designed with the input of experienced long-range planners from a cross-section of large and small aircraft fleet operators. As part of an early adopter program, IFS Maintenix Fleet Planner has already been selected by a large North American airline that operates a mixed fleet of wide-body, narrow-body and regional jets. The system has been subjected to real-world use and has demonstrated an ability to enable improvements in aircraft availability, check yield, and hangar utilisation. IFS Maintenix Line Planner enables planners to efficiently create, maintain and communicate an executable line maintenance plan. The solution helps drive greater efficiencies by focusing attention on high priority items and identifying the cause of maintenance issues, such as lack of parts, labor or special tools. Through automated workflows, IFS Maintenix Line Planner empowers users to more readily react to last-minute schedule changes and maximise line operational capability, maintenance task yield, and network resources. The solution was co-developed in partnership with LATAM Airlines, the largest airline operator in Latin America with a fleet of over 300 aircraft and maintenance facilities spread throughout South and Central America. As IFS’ partner in creating and proving the value of this solution, LATAM is live today and seeing the benefits from its use of IFS Maintenix Line Planner. “The sheer speed and scale of how LATAM Airlines works required a solution that could be quickly implemented without any disruption to our business while at the same time bringing substantial efficiencies to our planning process,” said Sebastian Acuto, Vice President of Maintenance and Engineering at LATAM. “IFS Maintenix Line Planner not only saves time for our planners and improves collaboration, it also creates better plans with improved yield and operational flexibility.” Both IFS Maintenix solutions work seamlessly with any Maintenance and Engineering software system, and are deployed in a SaaS environment, enabling organisations to quickly and cost-effectively capitalise on innovative solutions to meet the evolving business needs of their maintenance management operations, while easily scaling in lockstep with changes to organisational and aircraft fleet plans. Scott Helmer, SVP, Aviation and Defence at IFS, added, “Growing fleets, more routes and new, complex aircraft have increased the pressure on airlines to reduce maintenance costs, maximise resource allocation and boost aircraft availability. The maintenance plan is the foundation for this, as all downstream success – faster aircraft turnaround times, maintaining fleet airworthiness and keeping maintenance and materials costs in check – is dependent on having solid but flexible plans in place. With IFS Maintenix Fleet Planner and IFS Maintenix Line Planner, customers can more cost-effectively meet these needs while being able to quickly scale as the market grows.” IFS Maintenix Fleet Planner is available immediately, while IFS Maintenix Line Planner will be generally available in Q3 2018. For more information about how IFS helps organisations in the Aviation & Defence industry, please visit: www.ifsworld.com/corp/industries/aviation-and-defense/. About IFS IFS develops and delivers enterprise software for customers around the world who manufacture and distribute goods, maintain assets, and manage service-focused operations. The industry expertise of our people and solutions, together with commitment to our customers, has made us a recognised leader and the most recommended supplier in our sector. Our team of 3,500 employees supports more than ten thousand customers worldwide from a network of local offices and through our growing ecosystem of partners. For more information, visit: IFSworld.com Follow us on Twitter: @ifsworld Visit the IFS Blog on technology, innovation and creativity: http://blog.ifsworld.com/ 60th Annual Good Design Awards Unveils New Sustainably Designed Trophy 2018-03-08T23:03:38Z 60th-annual-good-design-awards-unveils-new-sustainably-designed-trophy Sydney, Australia: Australia’s prestigious Good Design Awards today unveiled a new sustainably designed trophy designed by The Evolve Group, winners of the 2016 Good Design Award of the year for the FLOW Hive. The trophy will be presented to winners at the 60th annual Awards ceremony held on 17 May 2018 for the first time at Sydney Opera House. Top honours will be presented by special guest, Danish architect Jan Utzon, son of Jørn Utzon architect of the Sydney Opera House. Due to popular and last minute demand, the entry deadline for Australia’s prestigious Good Design Awards has been extended to midnight on Monday 19 March 2018. Recognising the best of Australian and international design, the Awards have already attracted significant interest from Australia and overseas with innovative projects entered across 10 design disciplines. In celebration of the 60th year of Australia’s oldest and only international design awards, winners will be presented with a new sustainably designed and made Good Design Award winner’s trophy. The new trophy design uses a clever combination of discarded plastic harvested from the ocean and a plant-based bio resin that will be injection moulded into an elegant “Good Design Tick”. Commenting on the new trophy design, Dr Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia said, “Designers play a critical role in deciding what material to use and specify when designing and manufacturing products and in many cases, these materials can be harmful to our environment. Our oceans are currently being polluted with single-use plastic with recent studies predicting that by 2050, there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish.” “Designers and manufacturers have the choice to use recycled, renewable, bio-based materials that reduce the dependence on fossil fuel based products and materials that will never break down. By utilising sustainably designed materials, the new trophy embodies Good Design Australia’s mission to create a better, safer and more sustainable world, through design.” Dr. Gien went on to say. The 2018 Good Design Award winners will be decided by a jury of leading international design experts including the legendary Hartmut Esslinger, founder of global design firm frog design and one of the early pioneers of industrial design at Apple. Projects will be assessed on three overarching design criteria including: Good Design, Design Innovation and Design Impact. To mark the 60th Anniversary of the Awards, a number of new awards and initiatives have also been launched to promote the value and importance of design including the Better World Award, Good Design Team of the Year Award and an Indigenous Designer Award, created to recognise and celebrate the important contribution that Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designers make to Australian design across the spectrum of design disciplines and practice. Alongside the Awards, and celebrating enduring quality design over the past 60 years, is an unprecedented three-day Good Design Showcase Exhibition at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay in Sydney from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 May 2018. Forming part of Vivid Sydney, the world's biggest festival of light, music and ideas, this free to the public exhibition will bring together more than 300 award-winning and game-changing designs from 1958 to now. Entries for the 2018 Good Design Awards close at midnight, Monday 19 March 2018. Information on the awards is available and submissions are invited via Good Design Australia’s website: www.good-design.org - Ends - Notes to Editors: For further information, interviews and images please contact Rhiannon Broomfield at Articulate on 0410 596 021 or Rhiannon@articulatepr.com.au or Freya Lombardo at Articulate 0403 162 220 or Freya@articulatepr.com.au Press Pack including imagery can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8v7krirf5xeo9e7/AABbwSP4SXjHMRozAxzlexZoa?dl=0 Good Design Awards Key Dates: 19 March 2018 Entries Close – date extended 26–29 March 2018 Judging Week 12 April 2018 Good Design Award Winners Announced 17 May 2018 Good Design Awards Ceremony, Sydney Opera House 25 to 27 May 2018 Good Design Showcase, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Sydney About Good Design Australia and the Good Design Awards The annual Good Design Awards program is one of the oldest and most prestigious international design awards in the world, promoting excellence in design and innovation since 1958. It is recognised by the World Design Organization (WDO) as Australia’s peak international design endorsement program. The Good Design Award accolade, more commonly known as the Good Design Tick, is among the most respected and recognised international design endorsement symbols in the industry. Good Design Australia is an international design promotion organisation responsible for managing Australia’s annual Good Design Awards and other signature design events. With a proud history that dates back to 1958, Good Design Australia remains committed to promoting the importance of design to business, industry, government and the general public and the critical role it plays in creating a better, safer and more prosperous world. www.good-design.org Good Design Awards Unveils Renowned International Design Experts for 2018 Jury 2018-02-22T00:56:45Z good-design-awards-unveils-renowned-international-design-experts-for-2018-jury Sydney, Australia: Australia’s prestigious Good Design Awards today unveiled the jury of renowned international and Australian design experts who will decide the winners of the 60th annual Awards to be held on 17 May 2018 at Sydney Opera House. The Awards, Australia’s oldest and only international design awards will showcase the best of Australian and international design. The deadline to enter the Awards is midnight on Friday, 9 March 2018. For the first time ever, the Good Design Awards will be presented at the Sydney Opera House, making this the biggest and most celebrated design event in Australian history. Danish architect Jan Utzon, son of Jørn Utzon who designed the Sydney Opera House will be among special guest presenters at the Awards Ceremony in May. Previous winners of the Good Design Award of the Year include Australian designer Marc Newson for his Economy Class Seat for Qantas (2009); Hollywood Director, James Cameron for the Deepsea Challenger Submarine (2012); the revolutionary Tesla Model S Sedan (2015) and Flow Hive, a game-changing beehive design that produces honey with the turn of a handle (2016). The 2018 Good Design Awards Jury comprises leading international design experts including the legendary Hartmut Esslinger, Founder of global design firm frog design and one of the early pioneers of industrial design at Apple. Esslinger was one of the first industrial designers to work with Apple and Steve Jobs in the early 1990s. Esslinger joins an impressive list of design, engineering and architecture experts representing Atlassian, KPMG, Motorola, Australian Financial Review, Aurecon, Pentagram Design and HASSELL, and other industry leaders, who will spend several days evaluating and debating all entries based on three overarching design criteria including: Good Design, Design Innovation and Design Impact before deciding the winners of the 2018 Good Design Awards. The Good Design Awards 2018 jury list includes: Dr. Hartmut Esslinger, Founder, frog design Cheryl, Vanessa and Gabrielle Manning, Co-Founders, Manning Cartell Stefanie Kubanek, Associate Partner, Pentagram Design, Professor Margaret Petty, Executive Director Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Technology, Sydney Dr. Kourosh Kayvani, Managing Director, Design, Innovation and Eminence, Aurecon Stephen Todd, Design Editor, Australian Financial Review Sally Dominguez, Innovation Catalyst, Adventurous Thinking Group Vince Frost, CEO and Executive Creative Director, Frost* Collective Steve Coster, Managing Director, HASSELL Sally Hill, Managing Director, Wildwon Stephanie Pemberton, Associate Director, Design Thinking, KPMG Australia Bruce Claxton, Professor, Design Management, Savannah College Of Art And Design & former Head of Design, Motorola Georgina Safe, Fashion Writer & Editor Kim Hansen, CEO, Impossible Kasia Wydrowski, Creative Director, K&Co Jo Pretyman, Founder, I-Manifest Dr. Oya Demirbilek, Associate Professor, Industrial Design, UNSW Chris Vanstone, Chief Innovation Officer, The Australian Centre For Social Innovation (TACSI) Terri Winter, Founder and Curator, Top3 By Design Paul Beranger, Automotive Designer Cathy Veninga, CEO, The Designers Institute Of New Zealand Dr. Steve Winnall, Product Development Manager, Baraja Lindy Johnson, Founder & CEO, Lindy Johnson Ian Muir, Managing Director, IDM Design Labs Timothy Horton, Registrar, NSW Architects Registration Board Luciano Papi, Managing Director, Lu Papi And Associates Tim Riches, Group Strategy Director, Principals Lester Miller, Principal And Head Of Mechanical Engineering, IP Solved Ben Crothers, Design Educator, Atlassian Dr. Brandon Gien, CEO, Good Design Australia said, “In our 60th year, the Good Design Awards are privileged to have a remarkable jury of thought-leaders, industry heavyweights and pioneers who are all exceptional in their respective fields. The Jury will be tasked with debating what makes ‘good design’ and which projects will go on to receive the coveted Good Design Award, Good Design Award Best in Class and the prestigious Good Design Award of the Year for 2018.” The Jury will be tasked with debating what makes ‘good design’ and which projects will go on to receive the coveted Good Design Award, Good Design Award Best in Class and the prestigious Good Design Award of the Year for 2018.” pioneers who are all exceptional in their respective fields “2018 is a very important year for Australian design. It marks how far Australia as a nation and a society has come since post-war 1958 when the Industrial Design Council was first created.” “Good Design Australia is launching a number of exciting initiatives to help position design and design-led innovation on the national agenda. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to promote the importance of design in driving better outcomes for the future prosperity of our world.” The Good Design Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of designers across 10 Design Disciplines spanning more than 30 Categories: from the best new products and services on the Australian market; excellence in architectural design; digital and communication design and emerging areas of design including business model innovation, social innovation and design entrepreneurship. As part of the 60th Anniversary year, a number of new awards and initiatives have been launched including new categories for Fashion Design and Engineering Design and new accolades to celebrate the expanding role of design in helping shape a better, safer and more prosperous world. These include the Better World Award, Good Design Team of the Year Award and an Indigenous Designer Award, created to recognise and celebrate the important contribution that Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designers make to Australian design across the spectrum of design disciplines and practice. The annual Good Design Awards program is one of the oldest and most prestigious international design awards in the world, promoting excellence in design and innovation since 1958. It isrecognised by the World Design Organization (WDO) as Australia’s peak international design endorsement program. The Good Design Award accolade, more commonly known as the Good Design Tick, is among the most respected and recognised international design endorsement symbols in the industry. Alongside the Awards, and celebrating enduring quality design over the past 60 years, is an unprecedented three-day Good Design Showcase Exhibition at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay in Sydney from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 May 2018. Forming part of Vivid Sydney, the world's biggest festival of light, music and ideas, this free to the public exhibition will bring together more than 300 award-winning and game-changing designs from 1958 to now. Entries for the 2018 Good Design Awards close at midnight, Friday 9 March 2018. Information on the awards is available and submissions are invited via Good Design Australia’s website: www.good-design.org - Ends - Notes to Editors: For further information, interviews and images please contact Rhiannon Broomfield at Articulate on 0410 596 021 or Rhiannon@articulatepr.com.au or Freya Lombardo at Articulate 0403 162 220 or Freya@articulatepr.com.au Press Pack including imagery can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/j3r2tnmlzklxmak/AAARpv6RX0iPffxoEtYEclXSa?dl=0 Jury Biographies can be found on Good Design Australia’s website: https://www.good-design.org/good-design-awards/judges/ Good Design Awards Key Dates: 9 March 2018 Entries Close 26–29 March 2018 Judging Week 12 April 2018 Good Design Award Winners Announced 17 May 2018 Good Design Awards Ceremony, Sydney Opera House 25 to 27 May 2018 Good Design Showcase, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Sydney About Good Design Australia and the Good Design Awards Good Design Australia is an international design promotionorganisation responsible for managing Australia’s annual Good Design Awards and other signature design events. With a proud history that dates back to 1958, Good Design Australia remains committed to promoting the importance of design to business, industry, government and the general public and the critical role it plays in creating a better, safer and more prosperous world. www.good-design.org WeChat's powerful ecosystem enables local merchants to connect with Chinese users 2017-11-02T01:52:18Z wechats-powerful-ecosystem-enables-local-merchants-to-connect-with-chinese-users Sydney 02 November, 2017: WeChat has taken a major step through its first series of WeChat Connect events in Sydney and Melbourne to showcase its all-encompassing mobile ecosystem tailored for Australian merchants serving the Chinese community. As of June 2017, Weixin and WeChat have a combined reach of over 963 million monthly active users in China. This translates to a vast opportunity for businesses catering to the Chinese community and visitors in Australia. At the WeChat Connect event, the WeChat team together with their Australian partners demonstrated the innovative uses of the platform for various businesses to better connect with the booming Chinese market. Operating on a single platform, WeChat allows Chinese users to explore, connect and experience Australia all within one app. The WeChat ecosystem includes a number of functionalities including the WeChat Mini Program, a feature that allows users to experience various services without the need to download or install, WeChat Official Accounts for businesses and a mobile payment platform, WeChat Pay. Connecting Chinese users and businesses with WeChat Pay and Mini Program As the outbound travel segment continues to grow in China, more Chinese travellers purchase internationally and prefer to use mobile payment. WeChat Pay offers huge potential to serve as a payment bridge between travellers and Australian businesses. Chinese travellers are commonly looking for fast and convenient payment while shopping abroad. WeChat Pay, a payment feature integrated into the WeChat platform, allows users to complete payments quickly and easily with their smartphones. The WeChat Wallet features Quick Pay, QR Code Payments, In-App Web-Based Payments and Native In-App Payments. The use of WeChat Pay will solve many issues for Chinese users when they shop in Australia, and local merchants are able to leverage the large user base to gain loyalty and become even more competitive. Additionally, businesses are able to tap WeChat Mini Programs to engage users and build their brand and influence with the Chinese community. Mini Programs can be discovered in many ways, such as scanning offline Mini Program code, recommending by friends, clicking through Official Accounts or Discover tab, etc. Through Mini Programs, brands and merchants can offer loyalty programs, virtual gift cards and more. A new way to experience Australian cities WeChat also unveiled the WeChat City Experience Sydney Mini Program, a new way tourists can connect with a city through the app. The tool, previewed in partnership with Tourism Australia and Destination New South Wales, will offer Chinese tourists a different way to experience the popular destination through a self-guided interface that navigates key places of interest, all without leaving their everyday go-to app. “We know that Chinese tastes in tourism are maturing and their interests are increasingly focused on individual, experiential travel. It is great that as an industry, we can tap into the potential of the largest social mobile app in China to deliver more destination information on demand to high-value Chinese fully independent travellers,” said Tourism Australia’s Andy Jiang, Country Manager, China. This year the government announced that 2017 is the year of China Tourism, in an effort to drive continued growth in what is Australia’s most valuable tourism market. Last year, 1.2 million Chinese tourists visited Australia and by 2020 the sector has the potential to be worth more than $13 billion. “The WeChat Connect event offered a fascinating insight into China’s biggest social media platform. Chinese tourists, visitors, students, migrants, investors are pivotal in Melbourne’s growth story and it is crucial to educate local users and businesses on how to engage with this market. We look forward to future collaborations that will enhance Melbourne’s reputation as a Smart City and the most livable city in the world,” commented Councillor Philip Le Liu, City of Melbourne. BOC opens K1.2 million Gas & Gear in Papua New Guinea 2017-10-12T03:02:10Z boc-opens-k1-2-million-gas-gear-in-papua-new-guinea Lae, 12 October 2017: Leading gases and engineering company BOC, a member of The Linde Group, has opened its new K1.2 million Gas & Gear facility in Lae, Papua New Guinea at an official ceremony attended by local dignitaries, customers and staff.   John Evans, BOC South Pacific Managing Director, said the new Gas & Gear will strengthen BOC’s service to its customers across the mining, oil and gas, industrial, health, refrigeration and agriculture industries – with modern gas dock operations purpose-built for the local environment.   “BOC is proud to be expanding our operations with a new Gas & Gear that provides a central hub for customers to purchase industrial gas, welding and related products, and seek the best advice from our dedicated team of experts,” said Evans.   Celebrating its 50-year anniversary in Lae this year, BOC has a strong presence in the region with other sites that include its national head office, oxygen filling and storage facilities, and a cylinder testing shop.   “Since opening our first oxygen plant in Lae in 1967, BOC has continuously invested in infrastructure, safety and our people to ensure we meet the needs of our customers now and into the future. This new facility is part of our ongoing commitment to support local industries, agents and staff where we operate.”   The official ceremony included a blessing by Senior Pastor John Garu and cultural dance performance by the Bougainville Fellowship Group.   BOC is the leading gases and engineering company in Papua New Guinea, with operations in Lae, Port Moresby and Gerehu. The organisation employs more than 100 people nationally and has 16 distributor agents.      -ENDS-  About BOC:  BOC is a member of The Linde Group which supplies compressed and bulk gases, chemicals and equipment around the globe. The company develops safe, sustainable and innovative solutions for customers in many specialty sectors, heavy industry and medical environments. For more than a century the company's gases and expertise have contributed to advances in industry and everyday life, including steelmaking, refining, chemical processing, environmental protection, wastewater treatment, welding and cutting, food processing and distribution, glass production, electronics and health care. For further information, see www.boc.com.pg.About Linde: In the 2016 financial year, The Linde Group generated revenue of EUR 16.948 bn, making it one of the leading gases and engineering companies in the world, with approximately 60,000 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business, with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The company is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development. For more information, see The Linde Group online at www.linde.com   eMRD approved for deployment on the Defence Protected Network 2017-09-18T00:38:24Z emrd-approved-for-deployment-on-the-defence-protected-network After exhaustive testing, Electronic Maintenance Requirements Determination (eMRD), a software application that provides the ability to create or manage an existing Logistic Support Analysis Record (LSAR) and Weapon System Database (WSDB) has now been approved for use on the Defence Protected Network (DPN). Logistic Engineering Services (LES), the developer of the software, has entered into a long term contract with Defence for the supply of eMRD software licences and its on-going support. Since 2011, eMRD has been used by a number of SPO and Agencies as a stand-alone application. They have largely made this decision based upon perceived savings and efficiency gains over the then available corporate software. Many of these gains have been realised with feedback indicating efficiency gains of up to 75% over other processes and reduction in man hours to complete work. The contract facilitates the aggregation of the stand-alone licences onto the DPN and will be deployed in early September 2017. The contract also allows for additional licences to be added for future projects, Defence System Program Offices (SPO) and Agencies. With the approval of the software on the DPN this closes the gap between Defence and Defence Industry in the overall utilisation of the software. Now Defence Industry can be assured that when using eMRD, as BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, Airbus and others currently do, Defence has the capability to use the same software thereby removing compatibility issues when delivering LSAR as part of contractual requirements. A win win for all. eMRD was developed by LES to simplify the ADF Maintenance Requirements Determination (MRD) process. eMRD was built by analysts for analysts by ex-Defence technicians and MRD analysts who understand the day to day requirements of performing the MRD process. eMRD provides the ability to create or manage an existing Logistic Support Analysis Record (LSAR) and Weapon System Database (WSDB). The work processes of eMRD meet the requirements of the MRD Manual (AAP 7001.038) and is fully compliant with the data exchange requirements of MIL-STD-1388-2B and DEF(AUST)5692 Issue 2. eMRD has functionality to produce all Australian Defence and DEF(AUST)5692 mandated Instructions for Continuing Airworthiness (TMP and PSS), including standard ADF reports and additional eMRD specific reports that are essential for data validation and the management of the LSAR. The Graphical User Interface (GUI) for eMRD is intuitive and efficient, allowing users to be more productive and to focus on the task at hand. A key feature of eMRD is its ability to view an LCN/ALC by its Physical and Functional structure while simultaneously viewing its associated LSA configuration and data elements. The initial application was used by LES to undertake the maintenance review of the DHC-4 Caribou aircraft against an aggressive schedule. Since then, eMRD has been used by LES and its customers to develop, maintain or conduct detailed analysis including, Some of the major programs include: ·        Land 121 Phase 4 Hawkei ·        Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ·        Tactical Air Defence Radar System (TADRS) ·        F/A-18F Super Hornet ·        F/A-18A Classic Hornet ·        MH-60R Seahawk 'Romeo' Helicopter ·        C-27J Spartan ·        C-130J Hercules ·        P-8A Poseidon ·        ARH Tiger ·        MRH Taipan ·        PC-9 Trainer ·         AIR5431 Phase 2 FDATCSS When eMRD is used in conjunction with eLSA, the eMRD/eLSA suite is compliant with DEF(AUST)5692 Issue 2. The suite can be used for both the Acquisition and Through-Life Support phases of ADF materiel management. The eMRD/eLSA suite also provides LSA reports and ADAASS Project Dataset functionality. AIRASIA IN THE RING WITH BOXING CHAMP MANNY PACQUIAO 2017-06-24T05:48:47Z airasia-in-the-ring-with-boxing-champ-manny-pacquiao SEPANG, MALAYSIA - 24 June 2017 - Nine-time world champion AirAsia will be flying boxing legend Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao to Australia for his World Boxing Organization (WBO) title defence. Pacquiao, the only boxer to have won titles in eight weight classes, will be defending his WBO welterweight title against Australia’s Jeff Horn at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on 2 July 2017. It will be his first defence of the title since winning it in a unanimous decision from American boxer Jessie Vargas in November 2016. AirAsia will fly Pacquiao and his team from their training camp in General Santos City in the Philippines to Brisbane on an Airbus A330 with special livery. The aircraft will feature an image of the Filipino boxer next to the Pacman and Pound-for-Pound logos. WBO world welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao said, “In all my years of boxing, I have never been as motivated and fired up as this fight. With this agreement forged with AirAsia, I am inspired to give it all I got. “Teaming up with AirAsia makes it more special because we have been accorded the respect of the fans. I have been called the People’s Champion and AirAsia is a world champion airline, and I’m extremely proud to be flying with the Asean world champions.” AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said, “Manny is a huge inspiration to the Philippines and the whole of Asean. We want to show that this region makes world champions and no one is a better example of this Manny. Manny is like AirAsia, climbing to the top and staying there after all these years through blood, sweat and tears, and we are very honoured to be able to support him once again.” Keep up to date with AirAsia’s latest promotions and activities via Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia) and Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia). *** END *** PHOTO CAPTIONS DSC03516 / DSC03564.jpg Manny Pacquiao with his wife Jinkee preparing to depart from General Santos International Airport for Brisbane. DSC03565.jpg Close-up of the special AirAsia Airbus A330 Pacman livery. About AirAsia AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia by passengers carried, services an extensive network of over 120 destinations. Since starting operations in 2001, AirAsia has carried more than 330 million guests and grown its fleet from just two aircraft to over 200. The airline is proud to be a truly Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) airline with established operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines as well as India and Japan, servicing a network stretching across Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the Middle East and the US. AirAsia has been named the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards nine times in a row from 2009 to 2017. AirAsia was also awarded World's Leading Low-Cost Airline for the fourth consecutive year at the 2016 World Travel Awards, where it beat a field of full-service carriers to become the first ever low-cost carrier to win World's Leading Inflight Service. AirAsia launches new group booking system for travel agents 2017-04-02T23:55:21Z airasia-launches-new-group-booking-system-for-travel-agents AirAsia launches new group booking system for travel agents 03 April 2017 – Leading low-cost carrier AirAsia has today launched an enhanced group booking system for travel agents using the AirAsia SkyAgent and Corporate Account trade portals. The new, automated group booking system enables agents to check and book fares and ancillary add-ons for up to 50 passengers, as well as manage customer details and payment options. Agents registered for the AirAsia SkyAgent portal can also contact a dedicated support email address or their account manager for queries regarding bookings made via the SkyAgent portal. AirAsia is Asia's leading low-cost carrier, with an extensive network of more than 120 destinations in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the Middle East and the US. It’s also the only airline to fly direct to all 10 ASEAN countries, including some 60 unique routes in the region. AirAsia was named World's Best Low-Cost Airline for the eighth year in a row at the 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards and the World's Leading Low-Cost Airline for the fourth straight year at the 2016 World Travel Awards. Keep up-to-date with AirAsia's latest promotions and activities via Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia) and Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia). ***ENDS*** For media enquiries, please contact: Angely Cullerne PR & Communications Mobile: +61449169997 angelygrecia@airasia.com About the AirAsia Group AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia, services the most extensive network with over 120 destinations. Within 15 years of operations, AirAsia has carried over 330 million guests and grown its fleet from just two aircraft to over 170. The airline is proud to be a truly Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) airline with established operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and India, servicing a network stretching across Asia Pacific. AirAsia has been named the World’s Best Low Cost Airline at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards for eight consecutive years from 2009 to 2016. AirAsia is the first airline globally to collaborate with INTERPOL to implement the I-Checkit system to screen the passports of all prospective passengers against information contained in the world police body’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database. Lufthansa Technik selects OneStrand AIR – an Australian S1000D technical authoring platform 2017-03-16T01:42:28Z lufthansa-technik-selects-onestrand-air-an-australian-s1000d-technical-authoring-platform Absolute Data Group (ADG) continues to soar in 2017 with Lufthansa Technik announcing this week it is embracing OneStrand AIR for authoring technical documents to the ASD S1000D Specification (see announcement). OneStrand AIR is the first and only flexible cloud-based S1000D Common Source Database available globally. It utilises ADG’s R4i S1000D software as its platform for delivery to customers around the world. Lufthansa Technik will utilise OneStrand AIR to author technical manuals for its inflight entertainment and cabin management system nice®, with more projects to follow. The announcement comes hot on the heels of Virgin Galactic purchasing the R4i S1000D Software Suite for installation and use in-house (see announcement). Virgin Galactic is utilising the technology to create, manage and leverage technical information vital to the operation and maintenance of their human spaceflight systems. S1000D is the international specification for technical publications utilising a common source database. Developed over the past 20 years, S1000D has become a highly-regarded specification used globally across several sectors including defence, aerospace, transport and manufacturing. With an increase in the number of civilian and defence air component manufacturers requiring software that is S1000D compliant, ADG is reaping the benefits with more and more air programs selecting their joint venture company, OneStrand LLC, as their go to team. According to ADG CEO Tammy Halter, their ability to provide S1000D software in a flexible, hosted environment is positioning them as the industry leader, hence attracting high profile clients like Lufthansa Technik. “In an industry first, we are making access to S1000D solutions cheaper and easier with our new hosted platform OneStrand AIR,” said Ms Halter. “It is the first modular S1000D publishing suite offered as an online subscription service, enabling organisations to create, manage and deliver S1000D compliant technical information without the need to purchase software and infrastructure. “This enables individuals or teams to access and distribute content regardless of location while being supported by S1000D consultants, trainers and technicians. Other software suppliers can no longer hide behind exorbitant pricing often associated with working with S1000D data.” ADG plans to continue expanding in other verticals such as civilian shipping and rail manufacturing, where the S1000D specification is being increasingly used due to the benefits of data re-use; from design and engineering, through to training, maintenance, operations and parts management through-life. About Absolute Data Group (ADG) ADG is headquartered in Brisbane and was founded in 1997 as an SGML consulting business. Today ADG is recognised worldwide for its innovative and user-friendly S1000D software suite. About OneStrand ADG is a joint venture partner of OneStrand LLC, a full-service company offering hosted and installed S1000D software, authoring services and support to best manage critical technical content in the aerospace, defence and transport industries.